Nobody likes exploring Minneapolis’s local culinary scene more than us. However, eating out all the time can start to get a little rough on the old wallet. These are the 12 best restaurants to get cheap eats for less than $20 in Minneapolis.
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414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
At the Wienery, the hot dog is king. But you could be a peasant and still afford to eat here. Get one of over a dozen specialty hot dogs, a pop, and one potato worth of French fries for six bucks.
728 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Whether you’re after a hot dog, a burger, or a sandwich, Uncle Franky’s is a cheap restaurant in Minneapolis that has you covered. And while there are a few items on their menu costing more than $10, you’ll have to hunt to find them.
2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Trying to be frugal often means that you settle for less than the best. Not this time. Quang Restaurant is widely regarded as the best pho in the city and you can afford it on any budget.
2624 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Lu’s serves bánh mì, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich, and nothing but. The entire meal is made in house. Lu’s bakes the bread, makes the mayonnaise, and cooks everything to perfection. You’ll be amazed that you only paid $8.
1532 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Abi’s is serving absolutely incredible Salvadorian food. While there are certainly menu items that move into a more mid-tier price range, this restaurant offers cheap eats such as the pupusas — all less than $4.
3500 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Lots of people know Matt’s as the restaurant that claims to be the creator of the Jucy Lucy; fewer people talk about the fact that they only charge $8.50 for it, and half that for a regular cheeseburger.
813 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
If breakfast food is your thing, Our Kitchen is the place to stuff your face with pancakes, eggs, and hash browns and still have money left over for lunch. Although you’ll be so stuffed, you might end up waiting around for dinner, too.
1314 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Ideal Diner serves delicious cheap eats in Minneapolis for lunch and breakfast. You’ll only find one thing on the menu that will cost you more than a Hamilton — it’s a 6oz steak, served with two eggs, hash browns, toast, and jelly for $10.75. That’s some value.
720 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Afro offers something of an overview in African cuisine. The menu features dishes from a number of countries and several interesting American fusions. If you’re unfamiliar with the bold flavors of African food, you’ll be able to afford to get yourself an education at Afro Deli.
113 W Grant St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Another incredible Vietnamese restaurant, Lotus serves some massively proportioned meals for under $10 dollars. Expect to get more than one meal out of these orders.
3733 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
If you love barbeque as we do, you’ll be stoked to learn that you can get some of the best barbeque in the city for some crazy affordable prices. We’re talking brisket, pulled pork, chicken wings, or ribs. You can afford to be choosy, none of it costs more than $8.
Why settle for just one incredible taco? For less than $2 per taco, go ahead and grab a handful. You’ll be glad you did as soon as you take your first perfectly marinated bite.